3 Saints who need to step up against the Bucs this Sunday night

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Number Two: Marcus Davenport

Marcus Davenport hasn’t played much for the New Orleans Saints so far this season, but he needs to make his presence known against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football.

Tom Brady got lucky that he didn’t have to square off against a healthy Marcus Davenport in week one, but you better believe the 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive end will be going all out on Sunday to welcome Brady to the NFC South.

Davenport needs to step up in a big way to prove to the Saints he has what it takes to make big plays in big games. He’s sharing snaps with Trey Hendrickson, and he’s yet to take over the starting spot. It could be his if he can dominate Brady’s Bucs.

Let’s just say he’s been off to a strong start since getting to 100 percent.

If Davenport is able to get consistent pressure, it will force Tom Brady to move out of the pocket and make throws he’s not comfortable making. Getting Tom Brady out of his rhythm will be key for a Saints victory and Davenport has an opportunity to play a large role in doing that.